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Guest Blogger 5 – Forward Thinking: Hotshoe looks ahead to 2013 on the World Photography Organisation blog


Hotshoe covers from 1980s to present day

For my final guest post before Christmas at the World Photo Organisation and to mark the end of the year and the start of a new one, I asked the team at Hotshoe magazine to look ahead to 2013, rather than back at 2012, to comment on any trends in the world of photography and to pick out some up-coming events, photographers and works to look out for.

If you ever wondered who we were and about the history of this independent publication (first published in 1979) then follow this link Forward Thinking for some photos, comments and photos. There’s also a pre-Christmas competition to win a year’s subscription to Hotshoe magazine, just LIKE Hotshoe International Facebook page this week, see the end of the WPO post for details.

Enjoy the run up to the holidays and here’s wishing you all a healthy, happy holiday.

Filed under: HotShoe magazine, iPad app, Photographers Tagged: Bill Kouwenhoven, Gregory Barker, Hotshoe International Contemporary photography magazine, Hotshoe iPad app, Melissa Dewitt, Miranda Gavin

Vintage Carnival Masks: iPhone portraits by Vee Speers


Vintage Carnival Masks: iPhone portraits © by Vee Speers

These impromptu portraits feature ordinary and eccentric Parisians wearing vintage hand-painted Carnival masks. Fine-art photographer Vee Speers made this series just for fun — with her iPhone — over the course of a few dinner parties with friends.

The effect of the cartoon-like painted faces on 3D human bodies flattens and expands the images, playing tricks on the eye in a dizzying manner.

See more photos, and read more, in Lens Culture.


Vintage Carnival Masks: iPhone portraits © by Vee Speers


Vintage Carnival Masks: iPhone portraits © by Vee Speers


Vintage Carnival Masks: iPhone portraits © by Vee Speers

Tearsheet of the Day | Robin Hammond’s Condemned in The Sunday Times Magazine

Finally got around to reading last weekend’s The Sunday Times Magazine. Robin Hammond’s Condemned project, which documents the treatment of mentally ill in different parts of Africa, is featured prominently in the magazine’s Spectrum section, which showcases great photography. Condemned is shown on the cover and two spreads under the title ‘Lost Souls – The brutal treatment of the mentally in Africa’. The project, which was recently exhibited at Visa pour l’image festival, has its dedicated website at condemned-africa.com.

The Sunday Times Magazine, September 23, 2012.
Photo © Robin Hammond

The Sunday Times Magazine, September 23, 2012.
Photos © Robin Hammond

Robin Hammond is a New Zealand born photographer based in South Africa. He is represented by Panos Pictures.

Side by Side | Sniper taking aim from within a home by Nachtwey, Bosnia 1993, and Tomasevic, Syria 2012

Goran Tomasevic of Reuters has been doing amazing work in Aleppo, Syria during the past week. One of his photos from yesterday showing a FSA sniper taking a position inside a living room reminded me of a James Nachtwey frame from Bosnia, which has a sniper inside a bedroom.

Left: 1993. article writing submission . Mostar James Nachtwey
Right: 2012. directory submission . Aleppo Goran Tomasevic / Reuters

Tomasevic also shot the above FSA sniper right up close (see for instance, here) and most websites seemed to go with that, but I actually prefer this wide version published in today’s International Herald Tribune (Europe edition).

Photo Stroll – My Positive Day photos by Jiří Třeštík in Prague

The Roaming Eye (tRE) is back in the Czech Republic and is on the look out for, and is enjoying coming across, some random photography. With this in mind, the q cafe has a small show downstairs in the cafe on Opatovická 12, Praha 1 until 28 July.
Czech photographer Jiří Třeštík accompanied and documented three men living with HIV in three different European cities Prague, Munich and Zurich.
So here’s a preview for those who may be interested in the small cafe/bar show…



Filed under: Documentary photography, Photographers, Photography Shows, Uncategorized Tagged: AIDS, black and white, documentary, HIV, Jiří Třeštík, photo show, Prague

Tearsheet of The Day | 26 June 2012

Newsweek posted Andrea Gjestvang’s portraits of survivors of the 2011 Norway attacks yesterday on their website. The series is printed in the latest Newsweek Int’l (2-8 July 2012 issue) which I received through the door this morning.

It’s interesting to note that all the text is by photographer Gjestvang herself. I’ve noticed Newsweek print  photo essays quite regularly just with the photographer’s, usually rather short, text and no other reporting (What text you see in the tearsheet below, is more than average I’d say). I don’t remember seeing any photo features for instance in Time magazine that wouldn’t have text by a reporter. That being said, it would appear all of these features in Newsweek have been bought rather than assigned. In any case, I think it’s terrific Newsweek print these stories. I love good reporting and great photography combined, which especially Time do so well,  but it’s nice if there are outlets for photo-led pieces also in these major current affairs publications. And if there’s little text to such photo heavy pieces, it’s actually great to get the first hand account to the images by the photographer him/herself.

In a recent interview with B&H’s Insights blog, Gjestvang briefly mentioned this project and said it was the first time she was working in 5×4. The photos seen here are part of a larger project to be published as a book later this year.

Newsweek (Int’l ed) 2-8 July 2012 issue. Pages 30-31. Photos © Andrea Gjestvang

Newsweek (Int’l ed) 2-8 July 2012 issue. Pages 32-33. Photos © Andrea Gjestvang

Newsweek (Int’l ed) 2-8 July 2012 issue. Pages 34-35. Photos © Andrea Gjestvang

Andrea Gjestvang (b. 1981, Norway) is a Norwegian photographer based between Oslo and Berlin. In 2010, she took part in the Joop Swart Masterclass. In 2012, Gjestvang was chosen in the PDN30. She is represented by Moment Agency.

Tearsheet of The Day | 25 June 2012

Platon’s portraits of one of my all time favourite  filmmakers, Woody Allen, in the latest edition of Newsweek International, to coincide with the release of Allen’s latest film To Rome With Love.

Newsweek (Int’l ed.) 25 June 2012 issue. Photos © Platon.

Platon(b.1968, London) is a British portrait photographer based in New York. He is a staff photographer at The New Yorker and his work appears regularly in the Time magazine.

He is perhaps most known in the photojournalism community for his 2007  photo of Russian president Vladimir Putin, which was awarded the 2008 World Press Photo Portrait prize. You can see Platon talk about the shoot here.

Platon’s most recent book is Power: Portraits of World Leaders, which is also available for the iPad.

Luis Carlos Tovar – Silla Rimax

I’m in Colombia now,  Medellin to be exact. I figured I should blog about Colombian artists, although truth be told, I discovered Luis Carlos Tovar’s work while I was still in Lima in March.  Tovar’s series Silla Rimax deals with those cheap, ubiquitous white plastic chairs that infest the entire world. His approach is very clever. He gently presses their forms in wet sand on the beach and then photographs the impressions. It almost looks like they excavated a new room at Pompeii and discovered that the Romans too used these cheap plastic chairs.

Luis Carlos Tovar – Silla Rimax

Luis Carlos Tovar – Silla Rimax

These photos are from the French website Photoquai, which looks interesting. They do periodic features on photographers from around the world. The name Silla Rimax, refers to the company in Colombia which makes most of these chairs.